Ms. Marvel vol 1: No Normal
Author: Wilson Alphona
Status: Volume One in series (vol. 2 already out)
Genre: Comic/Graphic Novel
Publication Date: 2014
I had been hearing and seeing this graphic novel series get so much praise over the last few months, that I had to check it out. I'm not a very experienced comic reader, but I knew I wanted to give this series a go, and I really loved it. So, even if comics aren't usually your thing, or if you are unsure of where to start with the comic world, pick this one up!
I used to read comics as a kid as my dad collected comic books and we would go shopping for them and read them together. Because I was so young, I picked them out based only on the covers, and I was always eager to pick up comic books with female super heroes in them. Now, I still feel that I shop for comic books the same way, I'm craving female superheros in film and comics and this series fulfilled that craving perfectly! In fact, I mentioned it in my post of Ten Book Adaptations I Need, because I think this would make an excellent T.V. show.
This graphic novel was so funny and so true-to-life. I loved Kamala (Ms. Marvel). I loved the way she talked, and the way she was drawn. She looks like a real teenage girl, she speaks like a real teenage girl, and she faces the normal problems of a teenage girl in addition to fighting crime. I was laughing out loud while reading this, and I know I want to pick up the next volume for sure.
These are the kind of comics and graphic novels we need more of!
Wonder Woman vol 1: Blood
Author: Brian Azzarell, Cliff Chiang and Tony Akins
Status: Volume One in series
Genre: Comic/ Graphic Novel
Publication Date: 2012
Anyways, warning aside, I really enjoyed this. I liked the art and the story was action packed and entertaining, and the last issue leaves off on a big cliff-hanger that inspired me to put a hold on the second volume. I loved how smooth the transitions between scenes and setting changes were; the book played out like a T.V. show in my head.
One thing I will say is, I heard that this comic series was a little progressive in the way it drew and represented women, but I would have to disagree with that. Hera spent a lot of time mostly naked, as did the mortal female character Zola, who is introduced to us in her underwear, right before Wonder Woman is introduced to us sleeping naked in her bed. Sigh. Someday women will be properly clothed in comics (Ms. Marvel above does a brilliant job of drawing women with clothes on!)
I'm happy to say that my first dive into the comic world since I was a kid was successful! Leave me your recommendations in the comic book world below!